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The project is financed by the National Centre of Research and Development of Poland in years 2010–2013 under the grant NR02-0083-10.

The project is financed by the National Centre of Research and Development of Poland in years
2010–2013 under the grant NR02-0083-10.

A system enabling independent travel

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A system enabling independent travel and access to urban infrastructure for the blind and visually impaired: integration of wireless technologies with global and local navigation systems.

 

Worldwide, there are 314 million of visually impaired and 45 million of them are blind. According to EU reports for every 1000 Europeans 4 are blind or visually impaired. Vision loss is the most serious sensory disability that causes approx. 90% depravation of entire multi sense perception for a human.


In spite of a long lasting research record independent mobility and orientation aids for the blind still await for a ground-breaking methodology and technology that would effectively support visually impaired individuals with safe and effective travel in unknown environments. No single solution of electronic travel aids has gained a wider acceptance within the blind community. The low cost white cane (with no mounted electronics) still remains the primary travel aid for the blind.

 

The aim of this project is to develop a prototype system enabling the blind and visually impaired independent travel and access to urban infrastructure. The envisioned system features a distributed architecture. It comprises wearable units (dedicated and smartphones) communicating wirelessly with stationary beacons and wide area networks. The visually impaired user will decide of system configuration that best aids his disability.


System elements that are developed within the project tasks are as follows:

The project is conducted in year 2010-2013 with cooperation with the Polish Blind Union Lodz Branch.